Healthcare reform is a hot-button issue for a number of reasons. There are San Diego residents and physicians who are on both sides of the fence regarding if the Affordable Care Act is helpful or harmful. One thing that cannot be denied, according to recent studies, is the reform’s impact on emergency room staff who are expected to provide a reasonable standard of care for all patients.
Some physicians believe that the measures should have included tort reform to protect doctors from malpractice. The cost of defending a medical malpractice case in court can be as much as $140,000. In an emergency room, a medical mistake could mean a trip to court, though studies show that only 1 percent of such cases actually turn a verdict in favor of the plaintiff.